Switzerland votes to ban nuclear power

Voters have endorsed a new energy law that aims to promote renewable energy, ban new nuclear power plants and lower energy consumption. Final results show just over 58% of voters on Sunday coming out in favour of the Energy Strategy programme. The government initiated the policy change following the 2011 nuclear accident at Fukushima in Japan. The output of solar, wind, biomass and geothermal energy will be increased. Nuclear power will be phased out gradually, starting in 2019. The country’s five reactors will be shut down if no longer deemed safe by the nuclear watchdog. Nuclear power accounts for about 38% of energy produced in Switzerland.

— source swissinfo.ch

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